Job seekers know that looking for a new job takes a lot of time. It can often feel like a job within itself. To land that dream job, you need to put in the time and energy. Revamping your resume, studying job descriptions, knowing exactly where you want to go with your career, and more are ways to get ready for a job search.
However, one-way job seekers tend to limit themselves in their job search is by shying away from positions that come with substantial job requirements. There may be two or more listed skills that you don't feel confident about mastering. Perhaps you feel you don't have enough experience, the right education, or that many other candidates will have a better chance than you do. This limited thinking will only work against you and make you give up on your dream job, going for a position that you find less desirable.
Moving on, however, is not always a bad thing - a study by Workopolis has determined that 75% of job seekers for any given position are not qualified for it, while 98% is eliminated by the employer. The top 2% get an interview. So how do you make it into that top 2%? You need to apply for the job even if you feel apprehensive and not as confident as you should.
Reasons Why Many Job Seekers Don't Apply
There are a number of reasons why candidates will skip over a job application. According to the Harvard Business Review, who surveyed one thousand men and women and asked them why they didn't apply for a position, these are the most common reasons:
- 46.4% of men and 40.6% of women believed that since they didn't think they qualified for the job, they would be wasting their time and energy.
- 20% of men and 13.1% of women believed it would be disrespectful to the employer to apply for a job they clearly weren't qualified for at the time.
- 12.7% of men and 21.6% of women did not want to face failure.
- 12.4% of men and 9.7% of women didn't believe they would be able to perform the job well when considering the post's guidelines about who should apply.
As you can see from the results, the most significant reason candidates skip applying for a job position is they don't want to waste their time. However, what they're not considering is that they don't have to match every single requirement to make it into the top 2% and land the job. In fact, they fail to realize that the requirements listed in a job position are simply guidelines. Companies are looking to match as many as requirements as possible, of course, but they also take into consideration transferrable skills and years of experience, for example.
Feel the Fear and Apply Anyway
What job seekers also need to realize is that it's a candidates market right now. Currently, there are more open positions than there are candidates and companies need to fill these roles as soon as possible to keep their company running and growing. They are even willing to train the right person to get the position filled. So go ahead and apply for that job. When you make it to the interview, be sure to comment on how you easily adapted to a previous position. Employers are likely looking for this skill right now as they seek out the best talent. Why should you settle for a job you're not passionate about when your dream job is sitting there waiting for you to scoop it up?
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